Advanced Spatial Analysis

This website is preserved as an Archive for the NIH-funded GISPopSci / Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Programs (2005–2013). Current resources in support of
Spatially Integrated Social Science
are now available at the following:


Spatial Analysis Tools - GeoDa

These materials have been prepared as part of the R25 Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Grant (PI: Stephen A. Matthews, Penn State) funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Award Number: 5R25 HD057002-02.

The links included below are intended as useful starting points for interested users. We make no claims for comprehensive coverage.

If you have suggestions to include on this site please send them to Stephen Matthews.




Luc Anselin and colleagues developed GeoDa. The single best source for information is the GeoDa Center (Arizona State University).
Several software products are (or soon will be) available for download from this site including

View GeoDa software download options for multiple Operating Systems.



    Exploratory (Spatial) Data Analysis
    Tukey, J.W., 1977. Exploratory Data Analysis. Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA.

    Tufte, E., 1983, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press.

    Cleveland, William S. 1993. Visualizing Data. Summit, NJ: Hobart Press.

    Cleveland, William S. 1994. The Elements of Graphing Data. Summit, NJ: Hobart Press.

    Spatial Econometrics
    L. Anselin, R. Florax and S. Rey (eds.), Advances in Spatial Econometrics. Methodology, Tools and Applications. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2004.

    L. Anselin and R. Florax (eds.), New Directions in Spatial Econometrics. Berlin: Springer-Verlag,1995.

    L. Anselin, Spatial Econometrics: Methods and Models. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers,1988.


Useful Articles

    L Anselin, I. Syabri and Y. Kho. "GeoDa: An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis," Geographical Analysis 38 (1), 2006: 5-22.

    L. Anselin. "Spatial Statistical Modeling in a GIS Environment," In D. Maguire, M. Goodchild and M. Batty (Eds.), GIS, Spatial Analysis and Modeling. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press, 2005: 93-111.

    L. Anselin, "patial Externalities, Spatial Multipliers and Spatial Econometrics," International Regional Science Review 26 (2), 2003: 153-166.

    L. Anselin, "Under the Hood: Issues in the Specification and Interpretation of Spatial Regression Models," Agricultural Economics 17 (3), 2002: 247-267.

    L. Anselin, "Local Indicators of Spatial Association - LISA," Geographical Analysis 27 (2), 1995: 93-115.


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